This letter is part book report and part thank you.

I just finished reading “Endurance: My Year in Space and How I Got There,” by astronaut Kelly Scott. At the end of the book he summarizes his feelings about the International Space Station. 

“It’s a completely unique structure, assembled by spacewalkers flying around the Earth at 17,500 miles per hour in a vacuum, in extremes of temperature of plus and minus 270 degrees, the work of fifteen different countries over eighteen years, thousands of people speaking different languages and using different engineering methods and standards. In some cases, the station’s modules never touched one another on Earth, but they all fit together perfectly in space. .. In a world of compromise and uncertainty, the ISS is a triumph of engineering and cooperation. Putting this space station into orbit – making it work and keeping it working – is the hardest thing that human beings have ever done, and it stands as proof that when we set our minds to do something hard, when we work together, we can do anything, including solving our problems here on Earth.”

The people of Pelican Rapids work together day after day, each bringing their own special skills to the problems involved in making this place, this community, a home for everyone here. 

It is an honor to call Pelican Rapids my home. Thank you.

Joan Ellison